LUBBOCK, TX-- Sergeant First Class Wally Gonzales arrived back to his hometown Friday night and on Saturday St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ralls honored him.
"He is not only a hero abroad, but at home in Crosby County as well," said his wife Melanie Gonzales.
Sgt. Gonzales celebrated his 16th wedding anniversary with his wife on Friday.
The following morning they revisited the church where they wed and Gonzales was recognized.
During Gonzales's deployments St. Michael's sent care packages to his platoon. Gonzales returned the gesture by grilling hamburgers at the church's 41st annual bazaar, raising money for the community.